Press Releases

Clogged Sewer Line Contributes to Sewage Overflow

A sewer overflow in the 3500 block of Gelston Drive released about 19,170 gallons into the Gwynns Falls before it was stopped on Friday, April 19. The cause of the overflow was related to a blockage created by, among other things, grease and improperly discarded rags.

BIG TRUCK DAY: Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rash Field

BIG TRUCK DAY has a new location and a new time: Saturday, May 11, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Rash Field in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor.  Rash Field is located at 201 Key Highway, at the foot of Federal Hill, and adjacent to the Maryland Science Center.

City Holiday: Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., reminds Baltimore City residents that Good Friday, April 19, 2019, is a City holiday. Department of Public Works’ offices and yards will be CLOSED that day. There will be no solid waste or recycling collections on that day.

Trash or recycling that is normally collected on Fridays, will be collected on the make-up day, Saturday, April 20, 2019. 

Get Ready for Earth Day: A Recycling Trifecta

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) celebrates Earth Day with a Recycling Trifecta:  Paper Shredding, Recycle Bin Sale, and a Plastic Bag Takeback on Saturday, April 13. The event will take place at the Edmondson-Westside High School, 501 N. Athol Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is for Baltimore City residents onlyOn this day, DPW will offer free paper shredding for city residents, will take back plastic bags, and recycling bins will be on sale at discounted prices.

DPW Releases Water Quality Report for 2018

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) has published its 2018 Water Quality Report, which shows that the water that we provide to residential and commercial customers continues to meet or exceed regulatory standards. This annual report informs residents where the City’s drinking water comes from, how the water is treated, what it contains, and how it meets federal standards for tap water.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Season Begins

Baltimore City Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., reminds residents that DPW’s Household Hazardous Waste collection season gets underway this week, on Friday and Saturday, April 5 - 6.

Sanitary Sewer Overflows Totals Updated

As reported last week, a mixture of storm water mixed with sewer water overflowed into the Jones Falls and Herring Run overnight on Thursday, March 21, and into early Friday morning as a result of infiltration from heavy rains. 

Sanitary Sewer Overflows Reported

At least 22.6 million gallons of storm water mixed with sewer water overflowed into the Jones Falls and Herring Run overnight Thursday, March 21, and into early Friday morning as a result of infiltration from heavy rains. The overflows were reported from multiple locations.

Spring is here! DPW Offers Cleaning, Greening Opportunities

Spring has finally sprung! To mark the official start of spring, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to offer a springtime lineup of cleaning and greening opportunities. Baltimore City residents, neighborhood and civic groups are urged to sign up for the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup. An annual tradition, this year’s Spring Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t Pick Up These Hitchhikers: Zebra Mussels

Spring has arrived, which means more recreational activity at our three reservoirs: Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy. It also means taking extra steps to protect our drinking water from aquatic invaders: zebra mussels.  The discovery of these tiny, non-native mollusks at a nearby quarry has resulted in costly eradication efforts. 

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